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The Parent Trap (1998) Is a Doubly Symmetrical Film

You’re about to see double, and not just because we’re talking about a movie with twins. The Parent Trap (1998), in addition to being one of my favorite films, is an example of Cinematic Chiasmus. That means that the first … Continue reading

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Behold the Awesome Symmetry of Akira

Okay, this has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my 11 years as the Deja Reviewer. Several months ago, a reader of mine named Jordan sent me three movies he had a feeling about being examples of Cinematic … Continue reading

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Unfinished Work

Have you ever almost completed a project, but then left it for weeks and not gone back to it to finish the job? I ask because I find myself in that position right now. I recently went through my old … Continue reading

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Symmetrically Speaking, Dreamscape Is a Dream Come True

If you were to go back in time a couple of months and predict that one of my readers would be able to pick three films that are each perfectly symmetrical in their story structure, I would have answered, “In … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore the Symmetry of Escape from New York

This is getting scary. In the Tron Cinematic Chiasmus, I noted that it wasn’t my idea to analyze that movie. But once I did, I couldn’t deny it worked perfectly as a chiasmus. I have to give all the credit … Continue reading

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Get with the Program! Tron Is a Symmetrical Film

Cinematic Chiasmus is no longer my sole domain. I’ve had help from my wonderful readers to complete my Spider-Man chiasmus and to see the chiasmus of Alien and Alien3. In those cases, I had abandoned my Spider-Man chiasmus, and I … Continue reading

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This Video Improves Upon My Back to the Future Trilogy Chiasmus!

Five years ago, Netflix did a short video about my Back to the Future Trilogy chiasmus article. I was thrilled to see it, of course, but I wished that it had included more information about the connections found in the … Continue reading

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Quigley Goes Down Under and Back Up Above to Make a Perfect Chiasmus

Chiasmus occurs in a work of art when the first half of a story mirrors the second half in minute detail. So a chiasmus begins and ends in the same way, and it reaches a crucial turning point in the … Continue reading

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The Symmetry of the Alien Trilogy

Last week I published an article showing that Alien and Alien3 mirror each other quite well. For the sake of completeness, I now present the chiasmus of the entire Alien Trilogy, including Aliens in the middle. I had previously published … Continue reading

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The Unique Chiasmus of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

I have written many articles in my Cinematic Chiasmus series. I’ve found individual films to be a chiasmus, like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Superman: The Movie, and RoboCop (1987). Even though these films spawned sequels, I never felt prompted … Continue reading

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